The elderly who have resisted remaining in the same marriage since they were young, without getting remarried later have been proven to have sex more often. In other words at least 50 years of relationship come with sex rebound as a bonus.
The study, called: Marital Characteristics and the Sexual Relationships of U.S. Older Adults: An Analysis of National Social Life, Health and Aging Project Data, was published in the journal Archives of Sexual Behavior, which is the International Academy of Sex Research’s official publication.
Researchers coming from Louisiana State University, Florida State University and Baylor University found that the ones who manage to remain in their first marriages actually have sex more often than those who remarry.
Researchers carefully analysed the link between marital characteristics and sexual outcomes among 1,656 married adults aged between 57 and 85; they managed to do this by using data from the first wave of the National Social Life, Health and Ageing Project.
“Additionally, the study used a snapshot in time, and therefore cannot prove that length and order of marriage caused sexual frequency. Nevertheless, the study provided intriguing results for an age group whose sexual behavior has rarely been studied. (…) Growing old as a couple, with the experience and knowledge that come with that, may play a part,”
former Baylor researcher Samuel Stroope, Ph.D., who is now an assistant professor of sociology at Louisiana State University, explained regarding the study.
Couples that have been married for longer periods of time than average, are likely to be having more sex not just because of trust, but also because of their equal partnership. For instance it seems that couples who shared household chores like washing dishes, dusting or vacuuming, are more likely to have satisfactory, if not better, sex. Because sexual frequency is supposedly tied to domestic load. In other words the more equal the partnership is, the more and better the sex life becomes.
As far as the remarried couples are concerned, it seems that their sense of permanence is quite different. They are less determined to invest in a life-lasting relationship. The old couples who are still at their first marriage seem to fear abandonment less and have a better sense of trust with their partners.